“Opponents of proposed Crete detention center vow to keep fighting after bill’s defeat” @ NWI.com

Posted on June 4, 2012

June 2, 2012: “CRETE | Local activists were unhappy the Illinois House failed Thursday to pass a bill banning private immigration detention centers in Illinois.

The measure would have prohibited private companies from building, owning and operating detention centers in the state. Crete officials are considering a plan by Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corporation of America to build and operate a facility that would hold people accused of violating federal immigration law.

ICE has contracted with Corrections Corporation of America to build a minimum of four regional facilities to detain immigrants until they have a civil hearing to determine if they should be deported. By building civil detention facilities, ICE significantly would reduce reliance on state and local lockups.

State lawmakers voted 58-57 Thursday to defeat the ban, with two members voting “present.” State Reps. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, and Thaddeus Jones, D-Calumet City, voted in favor of the ban…………………”

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